How long from the engagement to elopement

posted 3 years ago in Elopement
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Our engagement will be longer than I anticipated because I don’t want to rush and get married this fall (work reasons and other things), but we want to get married outside. Where we live, it could snow from October until April, so May is probably our earliest opportunity. Oh man… that’s 10 months. Ugh. Not sure I want to wait that long either. 😉

I helped a friend plan a wedding in less than a month once, and that was 100+ guests, so you could do it this fall if you want to!

What are the pros/cons of fall versus spring? Maybe it would help to put them on paper (not necessarily here if it’s too personal but just for yourself)? Now that I see “10 months” in writing, I wish we could do it this fall. But it’s not practical for us and at this point, we’re in no hurry.  

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We aren’t really going anywhere. 🙂 We live in the mountains in CO with plenty of beautiful places to have a small ceremony. Our friends and families are all over the country so we are going to elope. 

If you’re doing something simple and can put it together, might as well go with the fall? I just haven’t put much thought into the whole thing yet so I feel like we can wait until spring. 

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We got engaged and married within 2 months! Eloped to Vegas!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@ontbride:  We got engaged in December of 2010. We planned our big wedding for August 2013, but in April of this year we scrapped it! We eloped on May 3. We went to our favorite place in the world, the Central Oregon Coast. We also did a little 2 day honeymoon in a gorgeous oceanfront jacuzzi suite. 

Luckily it didn’t really take any additional planning because our vendors were AWESOME! They all cleared their schedules for that day so that they could be there and make our wedding happen still. We got very lucky because May on the coast is pretty iffy, but we had a record-setting weekend and it was the hottest (and driest) it had been in the beginning of May since the 40s. 

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@ontbride:  We were engaged for 15 months on the dot.  However, we planned the entire elopement in 15 days.

 

I had my eye on the lodge/elopement package for months.  I even emailed the planner questions about things.  So I had all my data before hand. 

But then when we actually booked our elopement date, we still had lots to do – get H a tie, hankie, shirt; get my dress altered, find a sash, bra and slip; figure out my hair/hairpiece; shoes – I ordered like 12 pairs from Zapoos and sent 11 of them back (free shipping!).  Oh and needed to find a ring for H too.  I didn’t want a wedding band so I was set with my engagement ring.

The rest was taken care of by the lodge.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I think the idea of eloping is you just can’t wait. Do it now!!!

Post # 12
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are doing a ‘planned’ elopment. We have been engaged for over a year and a half, and by the time we elope we will have been engaged for about two years and four months. The main delay is because we are rather young (21 and 22) and we are waiting until we are both finished with shcool, and before deciding to elope we were planning a big wedding, which was going to take a lot of planning and a lot of finanaces. So we agreed on a long engagment from the beginning.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - FMILs back yard

@ontbride:  We are planning on a year, but mostly because we want to keep our anniversary not because it would take that long to plan. I think, for what we’re doing (a small out of town elopement with close family + dinner afterwards) it would only take a few months, at most, to plan. 

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

We were engaged for a year. Most of that year was spent waiting for my dress to come in, though.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@ontbride:  For the dress, yes, because they promised me a date and didn’t meet it.  I almost lost my temper with the dress shop, and I rarely lose my temper but after paying all that money for that dress I wanted to get married in it.

For getting married, not really impatient–I was definitely excited and ready for it to come, but I also kept myself busy planning last minute stuff for our trip, too. 

 

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